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David Banner Cites 'Lack Of Balance' In Rap

It seems like everyone is weighing in on Erykah Badu’s strong criticism on the current rap scene. “How y’all gone stand by and let our music turn into pop techno cornball ass music,” the alternative soul songstress asked her Twitter followers in mid-October of the synth-driven sound that has become the go-to style for new breed MC’s and R&B acts. “We don’t own our music no more…where is the funk AT?” 

Yet respected producer and rhymer David Banner, who is set to drop the buzz-heavy collaborative album The Death Of A Pop Star with fellow beat master 9th Wonder on November 9, says that Badu shouldn’t be so quick to judge younger acts. “I don’t have a problem with any kind of music,” Banner told VIBE of his thoughts on today’s rap landscape. “But you have to understand. What do you think Marvin Gaye would think about a David Banner? He would probably think that I was making bullshit music [laughs]. So I can’t turn around and do what our parents did to us, which is shit on anything that doesn’t sound like what they did. We have to make something that these kids are going to like. If we don’t like what’s coming out we have to put out something better.”

However, Banner adds that if he does have an issue with hip-hop today, it’s a lack of diversity. “I just have a problem with the lack of balance,” he explains. “Everything about rap music now has everything to do with the music but the ability to rap. It’s who has this nigga killed? Who is he beefing with? Does he have swag out the roof, shawty? No, it should be, dude, can you rap? Is the beat tight?” 

For Banner, who is currently enjoying a critically acclaimed run composing television commercials (His Gatorade ‘Evolve’ campaign has been cited as one of he year’s best) he sees the stripped down consciousness of The Death of A Pop Star as adding a much needed element to hip-hop.

“We have allowed corporate entities to reduce our music to a download,” he says. “Our kids now they don’t really believe they should pay for rap music. So there’s a bigger problem that we don’t see. They have now replaced the artist and the talent of the artist with general concepts like swag and being gangsta. With Death of A Pop Star, we don’t want to change current rap. We just want to add something to it.” —Keith Murphy

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G-Herbo Arrested In Atlanta On Battery Charge

According to the Atlanta Police Department, G Herbo was arrested Wednesday, (April 17.) The rapper was booked with a simple battery charge and has yet to be released. The circumstances surrounding the arrest have yet to be revealed to the public, however, an Instagram video from six days ago shows what appears to be the Chicago native being physically attacked by his ex-girlfriend Ariana Fletcher.

The video may originate from the night of Herbo and Fletcher's son's birthday party, which the two celebrated together. Videos from the celebration showed the two seemingly getting along and throwing cake in each other's faces.

This is not Herbo's first run-in with the law. In February of 2018, his limousine driver reported Herbo and a few of his friends to the police for carrying handguns. All three were arrested and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Herbo nor his representatives have spoken out in regards to his Wednesday arrest.

More updates to follow.

 

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Rihanna Calls Donald Glover "A True Gem To The Culture"

Rihanna and Donald Glover's short film Guava Island debuted at Coachella after Glover's set at the music festival last weekend. It was subsequently released on Amazon Prime to reach the non-attendees of the annual event and now since its premiere, RiRi is speaking out on it.

On Wednesday night (April 17), the "Diamonds" singer took to her Instagram page to express her gratitude to Glover and thanked her fans for their responses. "So happy you guys felt the beauty in this film," she wrote. "@childishgambino you are a true gem to the culture. I'm so proud of you and the work you put into making this film. I felt how close this was to you and your entire team."

Guava Island tells the story of Deni and Kofi, played by Glover and Rihanna, respectively, and how Deni as a musician hopes to liberate the people of the country by holding a festival. Glover and RiRi play love interests in the film that also features Black Panther's Letitia Wright and Nonso Anozie of Game of Thrones.

 

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wow! the response to #GuavaIsland has been quite overwhelming. So happy you guys felt the beauty in this film! @childishgambino you are a true gem to the culture. I’m so proud of you and the work you put into making this film. I felt how close this was to you and your entire team! Thank you for trusting me with this role! It was the greatest experience being in Cuba, phones off, present with life and art! It was humbling! I loved watching every second of it! Go to @amazonprimevideo to watch if you haven’t already! #GuavaIsland

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The short film, written by Glover's brother Stephen Glover, has received a Rotten Tomatoes audience score rating of 87 percent, additionally spawning memes on social media from fans requesting the soundtrack to the movie, to poking fun at the Atlanta actor's dancing.

me hearing die with you and saturday in guava island pic.twitter.com/SBu2ipWzb3

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guava island is 55 minutes of this pic.twitter.com/xoFzdvMY4w

— im baby (@thursdaygirIie) April 15, 2019

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Idris Elba Is The Black Superman In The New 'Hobbs And Shaw'

The Fast & Furious enterprise is known for gravity-defying stunts, larger-than-life explosives, a few expensive cars going way over the speed limit and fight scenes so intricate and lethal, they look like poetry.

All that and more are on display in the second full-length trailer for the forthcoming Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw. Slated for a summer release, Dwayne Johnson plays Hobbs who must work with his nemesis Shaw (Jason Statham) to take down Brixton Lore, (Idris Elba) a genetically enhanced fighter who fancies himself the black Superman.

Shaw's sister, played by The Crown's Vanessa Kirby, stole a chemical from Lore that can wipe out half the population, and now Lore and his team of ruthless mercenaries are on a vicious hunt to retrieve it.

While Fast & Furious fans are curious to see if Johnson can carry a franchise film on his own, not everyone was supportive of the spinoff.  Tyrese Gibson seemingly took issue when rumors of the film were swirling. Johnson, however, didn't care and reportedly called  Gibson and Vin Diesel a bunch of "candy-asses."

The first Fast & Furious hit theaters on June 18, 2001, and was made with a $38 million budget. The film earned more than $200 million domestically setting it up to be one of Hollywood's most successful franchises. The series went onto have eight films, the last being The Fate of The Furious. It's been dubbed the final film since Paul Walker's 2013 death.

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— Idris Elba (@idriselba) April 18, 2019

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